Finnish Science Centre Heureka
Body Worlds – Animal Inside Out is a continuation of Body Worlds, an exhibition of the human anatomy that drew large crowds to Heureka throughout 2013. The exhibition shows you what lies beneath skin, fur, and down. Through a technique known as plastination, it is possible to show the internal structure of animals in precise, authentic detail down to the level of the bones, muscles, nerves, and organs.
Body Worlds – Animal Inside Out has more than a hundred plastinated animal bodies and body parts. The exhibition allows visitors a close-up examination of the anatomy of tens of different animal species, from the tiniest frog to a 5.1-metre giraffe and a full-grown elephant.
In addition to these exotic species, there are also more familiar species on display, such as horses, chicken, and goats. Finnish species such as reindeer and bear are also included. The massive exhibition, covering over 1,000 m2, expands to two Heureka exhibition halls: the Vaulted Hall and the Cube Hall, the latter of which is now opening for the first time after its expansion.
Animal Inside Out at Heureka from 28 January to 29 October 2017.
Idea workshop: A space for creative problem solving
In the Idea Workshop you’ll be able to design and build solutions to various challenges. Workshop participants will have at their disposal materials and tools for creating different, original plans. There is no single right answer to the problems presented. The aim of the Idea Workshop is to develop skills in cooperation and problem solving and to develop a feel for materials and technical understanding.
At the Idea Workshop, you’ll see what it’s like to be an inventor and innovator. The Float and Fly section is a display of small aircraft. The Shadow Theatre is dedicated to story-telling, and A Thousand and One Blocks encourages visitors to build whatever the mind can conjure up. In addition to these, we present you with three captivating problems: Build from straws, Design a nerdy derby car, and Make an electric chain reaction. These challenges involve developing solutions through experiment and refinement.
Pandas: A new documentary showing in the planetarium
A unique new documentary made by the National Geographic depicts the lives of giant pandas at closer range than ever before. The film follows the efforts made at the Wolong Panda Center in China to preserve the species.
Up until 2016 the conservation status of the giant panda was Critically Endangered. It has now dropped one level, to Endangered. Giant pandas are now found in the wild only in the remote central Chinese mountainous regions of Gansu, Shanxi, and Sichuan.
The documentary, directed by Nicolas Brown and Caroline Hawkins, shows how the decades of efforts at the Wolong Panda Center have brought the number of giant pandas in the centre to three hundred.
Viewers see pandas that were raised in captivity in the centre being released into the wild in different parts of the world. You’ll see how Tao Tao, for example, makes the transition from life in captivity to the freedom of a bamboo forest.
Science and technology through practice and experiment
The main exhibition in Heureka consists of several thematic exhibitions, such as About a Coin and The Wind in the Bowels. These and the other theme exhibitions are on display for several years. We also have a range of classic science centre exhibits in Heureka Classics.
In addition to the interactive exhibitions, the science centre also offers unforgettable experiences in the Heureka planetarium, mostly on astronomical themes.
Heureka is a partner of Visit Helsinki.